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Thursday November 5th, 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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St. Peter the Apostle RC Church
Friday November 6th, 2020

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Ronald A. Paterno

Ronald "Ron" Paterno, 88, of Bergenfield passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020.

He was a devoted husband to "Lovely Lee", a dedicated father to Kim, Lisa, and Shawn, a supportive father-in-law to Ed, Ray, and Amy, and a grumpy bear to his seven grand children, Kyle, Emily, Nicholas, Matthew, "Ali-oop" Alison, Alexa, and "Shabby Gabby".

Dad believed in hard work, respect, honesty, and the Golden Rule.  He was a carpenter by trade and a foreman by title who worked beside his men at Grand Union even when he didn’t have to.  He was a leader by action not by words.  He was not a gambler but saved his money the old fashioned way and, with a high school diploma, he earned more than any of us could ever dream of owning.

Dad loved the outdoors and liked to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, writing letters of complaint to politicians and various companies when he felt necessary, and was a frequent ShopRite raincheck recipient.  Dad always signed his tax check with the words "Paid under protest".

He loved his country yet never talked about his service in the Korean War.  If he saw a need to fill, he would never sit idly by. Thanks to dad, mom, & the help of other parents, the Bergenfield Band Parents Association (which is still functioning today) was formed.  He also built the snack stand at Bergenfield High School with the help of some fellow fathers, and there's a plaque on the stand itself to prove it. He would never come to your house empty handed, and would often pop in with Dunkin Donuts coffee just to say hi.

He was not a dreamer but a planner with a dream who worked hard and saved to build that dream: a home in the Adirondack Mountains on Long Lake, Dad's favorite place on earth.  Dad always said that the Adirondacks was God's country, and the house that he built there became a home where he and mom enjoyed many wonderful summers full of family and friends.

He preferred the company of nature to people. He enjoyed fiddling in his garage with the masses of nuts and bolts, fixing anything and everything.  Whatever you needed, Dad had it in the garage.  He was not complicated nor did he like to complicate his life with things that did not matter to him. He humbly spent his life in the service of others, and to this day we remember the countless amount of stories of him helping his local neighbor or a stranger in need.

When we think of our dad, we think of eggs and bacon in the cast iron pan, Mario Lanza, Westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, woolrich, marzipan, Ford, flat top, fish fry Fridays, the Pegasus, snowmobiling, Casatta, long drives on Sundays with dinner at the end, singing John Denver and Karen Carpenter out loud, visiting the Long Lake dump after getting ice cream to see the black bears, talking, listening, and if our dad wasn't running the conversation, he would be sleeping.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-9pm. Funeral Mass Friday, 10am, at St. Peter the Apostle RC Church, River Edge. Cremation private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Long Lake Public Library, 1195 Main St, Long Lake, NY 12847, the Wounded Warrior Project or plant a tree in your yard.

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Our condolences to the family. I did not know Ron well but remember his wife Lee well. She and my mom, Marlene Montesano worked together years ago at Tenafly School cafeteria. Lots of laughs they shared. Also I know one of my brother was friends with one of the kids. Thoughts and prayers to the family. RIP Ron.

Mariann Montesano Goodell Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

His smile said it all you just knew you met a gentle and kind person. Very rare in this day and age. His wave when he had a hard time communicating to you said everything was ok. He will be missed.

Millie Tercovich Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

Although i did not know Ron personally I had the opportunity to work with Shawn and I can remember occasions in which he spoke lovingly of his Dad and family. I wish to express my sorrow to the family for your sad loss and know that Ron is now officially a saint with his deceased friends and family members. Pray to him and he will take your prayer to God in your name.

Fran Bellantoni Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the family during this time. As a father and grandfather, he was extremely caring and a kind man. We're grateful that we had the chance to know him. We know that no matter where you are, he will always be watching over your family. With Love, Keith and Emily Griffiths

Emily Yuen Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM